Atheist man Gustav Potthoff stabbed roommate because he 'thought he was Jesus'

Potthoff, a self-proclaimed atheist, attacked his room mate after mistaking him for Jesus Christ

Heather Saul
Friday 11 April 2014 15:46
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A man who tried to stab his roommate with a knife after mistaking him for Jesus has requested an atheist lawyer so he can be represented "by one of his own kind".

Raymond Hernandez alleges Gustav Potthoff attacked him while he was watching television in the living room of their home.

According to Mr Hernandez, Mr Potthoff threw a glass at him which missed, smashing the wall.

Pontiff, a self proclaimed atheist, then allegedly tried to stab him with a butter knife. Hernandez told investigators Pontiff had thought he was Jesus and wanted to kill him, according to the police report.

He was arrested for aggravated assault shortly afterwards.

"It's just my human rights and everything else," Mr Potthoff, 51, told the Orlando County court after requesting an atheist public defender. "I'm allowed to be with someone of my own kind."

The judge informed Mr Potthoff that if he wants to be represented by an atheist lawyer he would need to pay for it himself, The Orlando Sentinel reported.

"It's a sacrilegious thing," Mr Pontiff told the judge as he was sent back to Orange County Jail.

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